The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced on Monday that the nation singer can be a part of the swearing-in ceremony for the 46th president of america alongside beforehand introduced acts Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.
The singer appeared following Biden’s swearing-in ceremony to carry out “Amazing Grace” for these in attendance.
Regardless of agreeing to sing, Brooks made it clear to his followers that doing so was not a political assertion in any means. In truth, the notoriously type nation artist does his greatest to draw back from speaking politics.
Nevertheless, with a profession that dates again to the mid-1980s, the movie star has been unable to keep away from wading into political waters at the least a handful of instances. In gentle of the talk surrounding his choice to sing on the 2021 inauguration, it’s value looking again on the different instances Brooks has dipped into politics.
Grammy on the Hill
In 2010, Brooks was the recipient of the Grammys on the Hill award, devoted to highlighting artists and politicians who’ve advocated for the reason for musicians all through their careers.
Though the award itself is one in every of politics, Brooks was given the consideration because of his philanthropic work throughout the music group.
“As probably the most fashionable and philanthropic artists, Garth Brooks is an inspiration to musicians and followers alike,” Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said at the time.
Donald Trump’s inauguration
On the time, Brooks defined he is all about “Individuals Loving Individuals” and is “praying” for Trump however on account of a scheduling battle, he in the end needed to flip down performing.
The nation famous person defined in a Facebook Live video that after he was approached by billionaire Steve Wynn concerning the inauguration gig, Brooks determined to “depart it as much as karma.” Ticket gross sales decided Brooks wanted so as to add a number of dates to his world tour that conflicted with the inauguration.
“I am going to inform you with this entire presidential factor: We received one going out. Pray for him and his household. And for the president entering into, pray for him and his household to information this nation,” Brooks said at the time. “Let’s keep collectively. Love, unity — that is what it is all about.”
He continued, “We will not thank the Obamas sufficient for serving this nation,” he stated. “And will God maintain Trump’s hand within the choices that he makes on this nation’s title as nicely.”
Relationship with Jimmy Carter
Though the nation star does his greatest to remain out of politics, he’s greater than keen to point out his help for former president Jimmy Carter. For years, Brooks and his spouse, Trisha Yearwood, work intently with Habitat for Humanity, usually serving to the 39th president of america construct properties for the underprivileged in America.
In 2019, Brooks highlighted Carter’s resilience after struggling a fall that required a quick hospitalization solely to return again and proceed constructing properties.
You do not count on something completely different from the person,” Brooks instructed Yahoo Entertainment on the time. “He’s simply a type of guys, and Ms. Rosalynn’s the identical means. They’re simply these individuals that you just simply should be round to really imagine it.”
He added: “What the Carters stand for is what we must always all shoot for as human beings. Please overlook ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat.’ What they’re standing for is as human beings. If we’ll get wherever as a human race, that is the trail we wish to observe. So something holding any sort of gentle on that path and people two individuals’s desires, then rely us in.
“You have to perceive that once you get to heaven, no person cares about ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’ in heaven in any respect. ‘Welcome to heaven. That is it,’” Brooks concluded. “You do not care who’s on the opposite finish of that board that is serving to you carry it. You do not care the colour of their pores and skin, their sexual choice, their spiritual choice. It would not matter. You are all right here to construct a home for somebody who wants it. Normally for a younger woman and her infants, or a household that wants it. So that is means, means, means past any political agenda in any respect.”
Accolades by former presidents
In 2019, Brooks was the recipient of the inaugural Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion. The accolade is designed to honor late former president George H.W. Bush to a recipient acknowledge and “honor excellent people who advance options to the world’s hardest challenges and exemplify the extraordinary traits of its late founder and the 41st president of america,” in accordance with its web site.
In accepting the award, the nation singer heaped reward on the late POTUS.
“The truth that this award is a mirrored image of 41, his beloved Barbara, and the work they believed in is the best honor,” he stated on the time. “An award is barely nearly as good as its recipient – my hope and purpose is to make the Bush household and the Honorary Chairs proud that Garth Brooks is the primary title on this award for caring and compassion.”
Though the award was in recognition of traits exemplified by H.W. Bush, former presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Invoice Clinton and Barack Obama function honorary chairs of the committee.
Bernie Sanders confusion
Many have been fast to denounce Brooks in 2020 when he was spotted wearing a “Sanders” jersey throughout an look in Detroit. The quantity on the again was 20, leading many to think that he was supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders in his 2020 presidential bid.
Nevertheless, the criticism was unfounded because the jersey ended up having completely nothing to do with politics. Brooks wore the No. 20 jersey of former Detroit Lions operating again Barry Sanders – a soccer legend within the metropolis and NFL Corridor of Fame.
Brooks laughed off the viral second however famous that it led to a jocular dialogue of a vice presidential run.
“The entire Sanders factor was nothing different than simply ignorance and simply silliness. You’re in Detroit carrying a Barry Sanders jersey,” he instructed the Star Tribune. “The entire thing that made it enjoyable for me was right here comes a tweet from Barry Sanders saying: ‘I’m operating for workplace; received’t you [Brooks] be my vp?’ And that put all the things as a substitute. It was very humorous.”
In 2020 in the identical interview with the Star Tribune, the nation singer couldn’t assist however discuss politics when discussing the divide he sees in America.
“We’re in all probability divided 50/50 like all people else. However as a result of it’s nation music they usually assume it’s 90/10, it’s not. It’s simply voices,” he stated. “That’s why everybody pushed so onerous for the vote. The one means you’re going to interrupt stereosorts is let your voice be heard throughout the stereotype. I used to be raised the place I communicate for myself. That’s all I can do. My message ceaselessly is tolerance. And don’t vote get together, vote individual.”
Brooks continued: “Is it in our nature to divide? Are you Democrat or Republican? Are you Black or white? Are you Ford or Chevy? I believe it’s in our nature to construct a wall between us. We arrange cliques. We needs to be specializing in inclusion. We instantly arrange partitions to not like individuals as an alternative of discovering causes to carry them in like household.”
Shortly after 12 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2021, the nation star, wearing a black blazer and blue denims, eliminated his staple cowboy hat as he approached the stage in Washington D.C. earlier than a small crowd. The 58-year-old entertainer then carried out an a capella model of “Wonderful Grace.”
Previous to that, the star couldn’t assist however acknowledge the political nature of the occasion he agreed to sing at. On a zoom name saying he would carry out, Brooks instructed reporters that he discovered the latest violence that broke out on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 to be “disturbing and unhappy.”
“I’ve performed for each president there’s, since Carter, except for Reagan. That is an honor for me to get to serve… and it is one of many issues that, if my household is round, irrespective of who the president-elect is, it is an honor to be requested,” he instructed reporters, in accordance with Entertainment Tonight.